Wishing all my readers a very happy and prosperous 2013!
And if you’re going to play with fire(works) tonight, please be careful! I’d like for you to visit again next year. 🙂
See you in 2013!
‘Tis the season to be jolly, so they sing. So I am taking a moment to wish my readers a very merry Christmas, irregardless of faith. (Just because I lack faith doesn’t mean I ought to wish anyone an un-merry Christmas, I think!)
Please promise me you won’t show these to your children:
Merry Christmas everyone! 🙂
According to the Mayans (so many people tell us), the world will end on December 21st. Here’s how you can tell if the world has ended on the morning of the 22nd:
Throughout the last 11 years, I have constantly heard politicians telling me about the necessity to send Danish troops to fight terrorists and evil dictatorial regimes, first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq. The troops were to kill some people in order to set other people free. The theory was that, once we had removed the evil oppressors, the survivors would hail us as liberators, elect enlightened democratic governments like the ones we have in the west, and be happy ever after.
And they would never develop weapons of mass destruction like the ones Saddam Hussein was KNOWN to have – honest! He had hidden them so well that the UN inspectors couldn’t find them, but it was dead certain that he had tons of nukes and nerve gas hidden away in the Iraqi desert. (In fact they were hidden so well that the allied forces haven’t found them after nine years’ search in Iraq!)
Furthermore, we would soon kill off that wicked man Osama bin Laden, thus bringing an immediate end to the Al-Qaeda terrorist network. Which we did – after ten years of warfare in Afghanistan the American Navy Seals managed to kill Osama. Of course there was the embarrassing detail that he was killed, not in Afghanistan, but in neighboring Pakistan, which is one of our gallant allies in the war on terrorism and which we therefore (and because they have weapons of mass destruction; nuclear ones to be precise) don’t
dare wish to invade.
But on to my main point: Since the politicians believe it is absolutely essential that we, for our national safety and in order to set the locals free (or kill them), invade nations halfway around the globe, I am prepared to make the following offer to any politicians who voted in favor of the Danish participation in the wars
against in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since I do not have unlimited means, the offer is limited to the first five politicians who accept:
That is my offer to those politicians who believe that others should put their lives on the line – while the politicians stay at home in safety! Here is a chance to practice what they preach.
Given that “we have to” liberate the suppressed and unhappy people from their evil oppressors (and, in hundreds of thousands of cases, liberate them of their lives), one would certainly expect politicians to line up outside my door.
Anybody want to bet there will be no takers?
Of course this depends on where you live. In the United States it was 40 years ago yesterday, at 5:55 PM Eastern Time, that the Apollo 17’s lunar module blasted off from the moon. In Western Europe it was 11:55 PM, still on December 14. In Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Pacific it was past midnight on December 15.
Few would have expected that this would be the last mission to another celestial body for over 40 years. Which I find sad (that it was the last expedition, not that few people expected it to be).
The picture above shows one of the footprints the American astronauts left on the moon (it is from the first lunar expedition, 2½ years earlier). Since there is no air on the moon, and hence no wind, the footprint will remain there until the sun goes nova in about 8 billion years, unless of course it is destroyed by a meteorite first. Which makes it highly likely that it will survive mankind and everything we have built here on earth. It will be our last footprint, so to speak, unless we return to space.
On the night between December 2nd and 3rd, Danish poker star Theo Jørgensen returned home from a casino after winning several thousand dollars. He then went to bed.
Unfortunately for him, rumors of his winnings had already spread to Danish criminal circles. On the same night, three robbers shot their way through his front door, dragged him out of bed, and robbed him at gunpoint. When he told them that he couldn’t open a wall safe in his apartment – it had been there since before he moved in and he didn’t have the key or know the combination – one of the robbers shot him three times in the leg before making off.
So far, so bad…
But this sad story has gotten me thinking…
What if Theo Jørgensen had pulled out a gun and shot his assailants? Or what if a neighbor had heard the commotion, drawn his gun and entered the apartment to save his neighbor?
Chances are that Mr. Jørgensen, or his neighbor, would have been charged with illegal firearms possession, murder or attempted murder, vigilantism, and God only knows what else! Such is the wisdom of what we not very aptly call the “justice system”.
Common “wisdom” is that if you are subjected to a home robbery, you should cooperate with the robbers, give them what they ask for, and then they will leave without hurting you.
Which is about as true as the old, pre-9/11/01, advice if your plane was hijacked: Cooperate with the hijackers, don’t talk back to them, don’t try to fight them.
As Mr. Jørgensens case shows, robbers may just shoot you if they suspect you aren’t giving them what they demand. In at least one earlier case in Denmark, a gang of home robbers beat an elderly man to death. His wife had to pretend she was dead or unconscious, or she would also have been killed.
If you are shot in the leg at short range, chances are you’ll never walk normally again. That is if you’re lucky. You may also bleed to death. Or “just” lose a leg.
Theo Jørgensen was lucky. He is expected to recover fully.
But he was also unlucky to live in a country where self-defense against armed hoodlums is a worse crime than being an armed hoodlum!
(And yes, I know – if three armed men broke into my home and I decided to fight them, I might get shot myself. But if they are going to shoot me anyway, I might as well get it over with, and hope to take one or two of the bastards with me!)